Items Tagged with Lucas Cochran
#47 / 2010-09-02 17:00:00 / 5:50 min.
Installing LED, strip or cathode lights inside your pimped PC seals the deal. Your geek friends will bow as you walk into your next StarCraft II LAN party. Lucas finishes off his four part case mod series by lighting up the inside of his Green Lantern themed case with cathode tubes.
#46 / 2010-08-26 17:00:00 / 5:49 min.
Changing out the fans in your case mod is a simple pimp but makes all the difference. LED lit fans are available in a wide array of colours, plug in easily and will light up your case, nay, your life.
#45 / 2010-08-19 17:00:00 / 5:36 min.
For those times when you want to take your PC out to the night club (chicks dig it, trust us), a UV light pimp is what you need. Lucas continues his Green Lantern case mod project with a Green Lantern logo that black light reveals. He also builds a DIY black light so you can see the magic when you're at home too.
#44 / 2010-08-12 17:00:00 / 7:15 min.
Lucas busts out the spray paint, masking tape and stencils and sets to work pimping out the exterior of his erstwhile boring PC. After few coats of paint, some carefully placed stencils and a whole lot of time, he breaks out a new, stylized Green Lantern PC paint job.
#43 / 2010-08-05 17:00:00 / 6:37 min.
Whether you've got 100 or 100,000 Twitter followers, the standard Twitter background and aesthetic just won't cut it. Lucas shows
how to customize your Twitter pagewith a unique background, custom text colors, fonts and much more. There's no excuse for having a lame, default Twitter background.
#42 / 2010-07-29 17:00:00 / 5:00 min.
Forget the registry hacking and command line pimping. Lucas finds the lazy man's way to hack your Windows login screen. This handy app lets you change every element of your Windows login screen with a simple click through interface. Change your login screen wallpaper no matter the size of the file or the resolution of the image file.
#41 / 2010-07-22 17:00:00 / 5:41 min.
Pop the top on your Xbox 360 to reveal its innards and replace its drab case with a pimped one. Sure, you'll void your warranty but if you think that's a small price to pay for a pimped out rig, this is the show for you. Lucas runs through all the steps of cracking the case on your Xbox 360 to add a brand new case.
#40 / 2010-07-15 17:00:00 / 6:06 min.
Lucas turns his attention away from software mods for his laptop and focuses on the hardware. This week he rolls his sleeves up, cracks the case on his trusty
MacBookand, with the help of some Torx screwdrivers, some sandpaper, a little elbow grease and ingenuity, comes out with the coolest hardware mod for the
MacBook's Apple Logoyet.
#39 / 2010-07-08 17:00:00 / 5:06 min.
Take a deep breath, get in touch with your qi and focus on getting your Windows 7 icons centered in the taskbar. Can't do it, right? Not to worry. Lucas Cochran has a no-software-required tweak to move your icons from left-justified to centered. Or, slightly off-center even, if your attempts to harness your qi in the first part of this exercise failed.
#38 / 2010-07-01 17:00:00 / 5:18 min.
Turn your humdrum daily computing into an Etch-a-Sketch-esque work of art that Mom will be proud to put up on the fridge. That'll make up for the years of disappointment and all the grey hairs now gracing her head. And when are you going to give her grandchildren already?
#37 / 2010-06-24 17:00:00 / 5:26 min.
Windows 7 brings over some of the Aero features and glassy effects of its predecessor Windows Vista. This time, they actually work though and chances are good you now have a computer that doesn't choke under the extra load. Lucas tweaks the glass effects in Windows 7 to enable full window transparency to his Explorer windows.
#36 / 2010-06-17 17:00:00 / 4:38 min.
You probably have gigs and gigs of music sitting in iTunes, ready to play at a whim. However, anyone stopping by your desk at work can immediately see that you're listening to your music instead of focusing on the task at hand. Fear thee not. Lucas offers up details on CoverSutra, an unobtrusive iTunes pimp that'll optimize your iTunes experience.
#35 / 2010-06-10 17:00:00 / 5:41 min.
Lucas does a little OS X housekeeping, getting rid of dock clutter and making his dock easier to use with SuperDocker. He also delves into Stacks to add a custom color background to this erstwhile aesthetically boring feature.
#34 / 2010-06-03 17:00:00 / 4:10 min.
A messy desktop is the bane of pimps everywhere. Seriously, just ask Iceberg Slim or Don "Magic" Juan. They'll tell you that a cluttered desktop is a sign of a cluttered mind. Lucas demonstrates the digital equivalent of stuffing all the junk on your desk into a drawer to give the illusion of cleanliness. One way requires some Terminal bashing, the other uses free software to clear the clutter.
#33 / 2010-05-27 17:00:00 / 5:48 min.
We've learned that the Mac OS X Terminal is the door to all kinds of sweet pimps for your Mac desktop. However, it's not immune to being pimped out a little itself. Lucas rolls up his sleeves and hacks the Terminal to look a little less generic and a little more, well, pimped.
#31 / 2010-05-13 17:00:00 / 5:34 min.
Lucas rolls up his sleeves and delves into the Terminal to show you a few of his fave command line hacks for Mac OS X. These sweet Stack hacks make this handy OS X feature even more so. As a bonus, Lucas unveils a bonus
OS X Terminal Easter eggin the form of
Star Wars: A New Hope in ASCII.
#30 / 2010-05-06 17:00:00 / 5:06 min.
You've got the pimp roll, the pimp cane and perhaps most important, the pimp hand. However, you don't have the pimp wardrobe. This simply won't do. Lucas shows off how to make your very own and completely unique word cloud shirts online with SnapShirts to rectify the situation.
#29 / 2010-04-29 17:00:00 / 5:11 min.
Apparently, Pimpin' is paying off for our man Lucas; he's making fat stacks on his Windows 7 install. Mac OS X users will be familiar with stacks. They offer instant access to any folder or group of files on your computer, right from the dock. In Windows 7, it's easy to accomplish about the same thing using 7Stack. He also lays his pimp hands on the Nexus Dock and switches up the task switcher with Vista Switcher.
#28 / 2010-04-22 17:00:00 / 5:56 min.
Lucas learns of the wonders of the 3D desktop. No lame 3D glasses required. BumpTop 3D lets you take a new view on your Mac OS X or Windows desktop. Sure, it sucks some system resources but in return you get a 3D space that you can completely customize and pimp out.
#27 / 2010-04-15 17:00:00 / 5:00 min.
Lucas discovers new pimps for the erstwhile boring Finder and the previously un-pimped Spaces. Simple pimps to
get custom wallpaper in different Spacesand to make your Finder windows a little more representative of your personality.
#26 / 2010-04-08 17:00:00 / 6:08 min.
As Lucas learns, skins aren't just for hitting. MusicSkins brings a wide array of sweet and simple skins to customize your computer, your netbook, phone, MP3 player and more important perhaps, your game consoles and peripherals. After all, and let's be completely honest with each other here, you don't look at anything quite the same way you look at your gaming console of choice, and your controller has become an extension of your own arm... much to the chagrin of your loved ones.
#25 / 2010-04-01 17:00:00 / 5:53 min.
He did his dock, lit up his login screen, iced out his icons and something that starts with W his widgets. In this episode, Lucas turns his attentions toward
customizing the OS X menu bar. In addition to car alarm for your Mac, he also shows off a menu bar iTunes remote, a weather app and a few others perfect for pimping that menu bar.
#24 / 2010-03-24 17:00:00 / 5:25 min.
Lucas shows off some
awesome Star Wars USB gadgets and gear. If you're a cubicle monkey (we're not judging; we're rocking the cubicle styles too) you probably grow tired of staring at the same grey walls, the same grey desk, shuffling around on the same piece of grey carpet and breathing the same recycled air day in, day out. Sometimes you just want to say forget this, hop a plane to Fiji or some other far-flung destination and be done with it. Liquidate your bank accounts, get a backpack and some of those fisherman pants that all the hip backpackers seem to wear and get on the road. Travel, expand horizons, meet new people, see sights you'd never see from your cubicle window or, if you're a little further down the ladder, the windows closest to your cubicle... Where were we? Right.
Star Wars USB gadgetsto make your cubicle slightly less cubist. Lucas has got 'em.
#23 / 2010-03-18 17:00:00 / 6:05 min.
Lucas returns to the Apple camp to show some OS X love. He demos off a few of his favorite Apple Widgets, shows us where we can go to search for and find our own soon-to-be faves, and unveils an awesome Terminal hack to get Widgets from the Dashboard and onto the desktop.
#22 / 2010-03-11 17:00:00 / 4:35 min.
Windows 7 comes with some decent screen savers pre-installed. However, it seems you can only use these screen savers the way the Microsofties want you to. Clicking on the Settings button to tweak these screen savers is a recipe for disappointment. Our buddy Vishal of Tweaking with Vishal fame steps up with a quick fix that'll let you turn your lackadaisical Bubbles screen saver into big rolling balls or doom or your Mystique screen saver into something truly mystifying.
#20 / 2010-02-25 17:00:00 / 6:07 min.
Gadgetswere a must-have in
Windows Vista... and not in a good way; you had gadgets in your sidebar and unless you went to the effort of getting rid of them, you were stuck with them. Now that gadgets are optional in Windows 7, they're much more appealing. Lucas runs down a few of his faves in one of his easiest pimps yet.
#19 / 2010-02-18 17:00:00 / 5:00 min.
Windows 7 is still pretty new and shiny, even with the factory default settings. However, we're not interested in factory defaults. Lucas demos how to pimp out your
Windows 7 login screenwith a little regedit hacking. In this case, pimpin' may not be easy per se, but it's worth the effort.
#18 / 2010-02-11 17:00:00 / 6:13 min.
While Windows 7 is looking newer and shinier than its computing cohorts, it's still in dire need of a little personalization. Redmond's latest actually has its nose open and doesn't require any third-party software, any hoop jumpery or skullduggery to enact your pimpery.
Creating a custom theme in Windows 7is so easy, it wouldn't be worth doing if the end product didn't look so sweet.
#15 / 2010-01-21 17:00:00 / 5:00 min.
Lucas lays his pimp hand on Internet Explorer 8 to check out some
cool add-onsfor the everyman. Now, Firefox is our browser of choice but the force is unusually strong with Internet Explorer. It's still the browser of choice for the majority of PC users... even our resident Pimp is thinking about making the switch.
#13 / 2009-12-31 17:00:00 / 9:03 min.
Lucas is sleeved out with Star Wars tatoos, making him look a bit like an enforcer in some kind of sci-fi Yakuza. Carrying around a decidedly factory default-looking laptop is not befitting a man who clearly holds customization near to his heart.
#12 / 2009-12-17 17:00:00 / 6:12 min.
Lucas demos a poor man's pimp to in his quest to get that Windows 7 look and feel without having to mail his next paycheck to those fat cats in Redmond and without docking his pimp ship in the pirate bay. With a few perfectly timed pimps, Lucas gets his weak
Windows XP install looking more like Windows 7. Line up, ladies.
#45 / 2009-12-11 17:00:00 / 3:02 min.
#11 / 2009-12-03 17:00:00 / 7:35 min.
Not content to confine his pimpery (hey, it's a word now that it's written) to his Mac OS X desktop, Dock et. al., Lucas turns his attentions to
changing the OS X login screen. He also messes with the default alert messages.
Change the login wallpaper, change the login logo, no aspect of OS X is safe from Lucas' pimpery (and there it is again).
#10 / 2009-11-26 17:00:00 / 6:00 min.
Lucas lays his pimp hand upon the Mac OS X to take it from the default to the dope.
Customize the menu bar, the Apple menu logo, the Dock.Even the calculator and iTunes get some Lucas love as he turns out sweet
Mac OS X skins and customizationsusing Magnifique. You'll never look at OS X the same way again.
#7 / 2009-11-05 17:00:00 / 6:34 min.
Lucas turns his pimp hand from the XPimp to the Mac daddy pimpin'. Inking the outside of that already purdy MacBook Pro with MacTatts and a custom clear case MacBook mod that requires cutting up an old comic book collection. He rips the cover off a mint copy of Action Comics #1 from 1938 valued at US$440,000 and drops it into a clear case for the most expensive mod ever. Well, not really... but I bet you can't wait to hit the video now.
#6 / 2009-10-29 17:00:00 / 6:19 min.
Lucas turns his attention from XP to Mac OSX as he demonstrates how to
pimp out your OSX Dock. Sure, the Dock is already pretty, but we're looking for more. We want brains and looks in multiples. Lucas abides as he shows off
how to customize the Mac OSX Dockand even how to run game on more than one Dock at once on your machine.
#5 / 2009-10-22 17:00:00 / 5:58 min.
Lucas turns his pimpin' attention to the oft overlooked media players. As one of the easiest pimp mods to add to your system, he goes through the process for skinning Windows Media Player, WinAmp and even iTunes with custom skins. If you're like us, your media player is one of your most used applications. Stop having a boring media player, stop having a boring life.
#4 / 2009-10-15 17:00:00 / 5:41 min.
#3 / 2009-10-08 17:00:00 / 5:42 min.
Continuing the XPimp series, Lucas turns his attention to two of Microsoft's biggest and mods his
XP desktopwith a free Halo theme. With new sounds, new cursors, new icons and an add-on color scheme, XP goes from XPOS to XPimped in no time flat.
#191 / 2009-10-05 17:00:00 / 20:41 min.
Long have we waited for the fabled paperless office. The office where e-mail rules all, where paper is not shipped in by the crate and loaded into the printer daily by the ream. While we've made some steps forward, the paperless office is still but a pipe dream. Until we reach that paper-free plateau, we're going to need printers. Andy and Sean take a look at inkjet, laser and multifunction printers, explain how they work and explain why you might want to choose one type over the others.
#40 / 2009-10-02 17:00:00 / 3:26 min.
#2 / 2009-10-01 12:01:01 / 4:52 min.
We don't have to like it, but we do have to face it:
Windows XPis going to be with us for some time yet. Using WindowBlinds, Lucas pimps out just about every aspect of his
Windows XPinstall from taskbar to Start menu, cursor to wallpaper. The result: A less lame version of XP.
#1 / 2009-10-01 12:01:00 / 3:15 min.
Pimpin' ain't easy, but Lucas knows how it's done. These
quick and easy pimpsfor a washed up old laptop take your portable from ghetto to fabulous in just a couple of simple steps.
Lucas Cochran helps you
customize, personalize and trick out that boring beige box PC. With everything from theme packs, cold cathode lighting, case mods, skins, stickers, markers, paint and just about anything you can imagine, Lucas makes your erstwhile weak PC into something you'll want to show off at a LAN party.
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